Life Skills - Professionalism
When asking high school students what they would like to work on, they always expressed the need to be taught necessary life skills. One of them is professionalism in college and the workplace.
Professionalism in my own words would be the way we conduct ourselves , the way we treat others and our work ethic. According to Merriam-Webster, the definition is "exhibiting a courteous, conscientious, and generally businesslike manner in the workplace"
You might be asking, how can I practice professionalism if I just started college? Well, College allows students to prepare for the workforce and master professionalism. Some examples of how college prepares you for professionalism are:
Being on time to class
Communication with your professors especially through email
Dressing up when it comes time to do so especially for special events like career fairs
working with students from different backgrounds
You may ask yourself, why is professionalism even important? Professionalism is needed in the workplace in order to maintain a high standard of behaviors and ethics. It allows people from different backgrounds to come together and work as one.
Here are some tips on mastering professionalism:
Respecting your colleagues and co-workers even if you don't agree with them
Being productive with your time when you need to be
Communicating in a effective matter
Willingness to always learn and grow